Erik Loomis at the blog Lawyers, Guns, and Money has a nice example of the fun stuff you can find when you read old newspapers. Schmitt argues that politics emerges in the distinction between friends and enemies. Once that distinction is established, we must remain ever-vigilant to protect our way of life from our existential threats. And some writers in the New York Times in 1902 have become convinced that pie is the key maintaining the vigor necessary to defeat our enemies. Erik already highlights the best lines from the article: “No pie eating people can ever be permanently vanquished.” And my favorite swipe at liberal-bourgeois softness ever, wherein the author of the piece traces the decline of British vigor to the “pernicious influence of shopkeepers” who have reduced portion sizes of pie so that now gallant British men are only receiving tarts.
In any case, I believe we may be seeing here the birth of a new mythology, one that can mobilize the masses for decisive action: not the “general strike” or the final battle, but the myth of the apple pastry.